This month’s Spotlight comes Friday, and the occasion will showcase the hundreds of creative pursuits taking place with artists all over the local area.
Gallery owner Lindsey Moses said there are dozens of artists represented in the gallery that opened on the downtown square in April 2011, and the applications of art are even more varied.
“There is so much to see that our artists do,” she said. “We have new things every week.”
These artists create everything from decorative art to usable art, wearable art and other collectibles.
It was Moses’ wish, after graduating from college in 2006, to create a space for her creations, along with those of other artists from the area.
She and her mother, Marie Moses, were marketing their glass art in other ways, and losing profit in the process, she said.
With a local space, they, along with other artists, could cut out the extra cost of finding an outside market for their work.
“I saw the talent there is here, and thought why not follow your dream,” the younger Moses said.
Moses said she and her mother were making glass jewelry and eventually designed a logo - now known as LMo&Co - and offering the pieces to different boutiques.
“We were doing well with that, but then again, we were kind of just giving it away,” she said.
There were so many local people doing great things it helped drive the goal of opening a local gallery, she said.
In addition, having wall space to fill drives the creative inclination to see it filled, she said.
“We both love creating, but we had to have the space,” Moses said. “It says to me that I have to create something for it. That’s something we didn’t have.”
Both mother and daughter agreed they wanted to create a place people - the artists as well as the customers - would feel welcome.
The idea that there’s a convenient place to display work is important for all artists, Moses said.
“One space on a wall can actually change someone’s life,” Moses said.
The Artists’ Spotlight Friday night starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. There is no fee charged to attend.
In conjunction with this event, Wayne and Lorie Sims, owners of The Pigeon’s Roost just around the corner from LMo&Co, will be open and also hold their in-house pet adoptions for Talladega Animal Control and house specials as well.
“Every Artists’ Spotlight night we have the cats here for adoption,” said Wayne Sims.
The Sims have been hosting the adoptions for several months now, offering a place to showcase the adoptable animals outside Animal Control’s facility.
Moses also offers classes, both on a regular schedule and by appointment, in all kinds of art.
Of course, there are glass mosaic classes; that’s one of the things both mother and daughter specialize in, but Moses has held painting and other art classes as well.
“If I can figure out how to do something, I can teach it,” she said. “I’ve seen so many people progress so much who might have only tried one or two things in a lifetime before.”
The mosaic work takes patience; they’re somewhat like puzzle pieces, Moses said.
“It does take a while to put together these little pieces of glass,” she said.
Many of the students come to the classes with an idea in mind of what they want to make. One of the largest undertakings by a student was a large stained glass piece of a lake scene for a private home.
The student drew her own pattern of her home on Logan Martin and the finished piece was about 24 by 14 inches in size.
Another interesting project was an antique radio that a student wanted to fit with stained glass insets on each side. After completing a few mosaics, the student was successful in completing the pieces for the radio cabinet.
Beginning glass artists usually start with the mosaic pieces placed on a permanent solid background instead of being fitted into soldered spaces created specifically for a certain piece of glass as in doing stained glass art.
Lately, Moses has been on a new journey with her creations, making concrete bowls and experimenting with their shapes, color and finishes.
“I have a lot more to work on with these until I’m ready to teach it,” Moses said. “But I love making them and the shapes and colors you can bring out.”
LMo&Co has become a place for people to drop off their unused glass - such as empty wine bottles - and the Moses will break them into usable pieces for jewelry or mosaics.
Discarded bottles of different kinds can also be used to create soap dispensers, and the Moses team has created a way of personalizing them with initials or other inscriptions.
For now, scheduled classes at LMo&Co are held Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.